KNOXVILLE, TN — Verizon Wireless announced today more than 130,000 additional customers in Knoxville will have access to its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network when the company expands its coverage area on Oct. 18. With new and expanded markets on Thursday, the Verizon 4G LTE network will be available in more than 410 markets, surpassing the company’s goal of reaching 400 markets by year-end.
Verizon first launched 4G LTE across the Tennessee Valley in July 2011 in Athens, Etowah, Greenway, Huntsville, Jefferson City, Knoxville, Lenoir City, Louden, Marbledale, Maryville, Morristown, Niota, Oak Ridge, Oakland, Pigeon Forge, Pleasant View, Powell, Rockford, Sevierville, Sweetwater, Talbot and White Pine. With the planned network expansion, residents and visitors in more surrounding areas, such as Gatlinburg and Crossville, will have access to the nation’s fastest 4G network.
“Our 4G LTE network in the Tennessee Valley gives locals speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G for doing the things they want to do wirelessly, like surf the Web, download files, stream music and video, and keep up with family and friends,” said Jerry Fountain, president for Verizon Wireless’ Carolinas/Tennessee region. “What many people don’t yet know is that 4G LTE is about more than just speed. The technology is enabling new products and services that are transforming the wireless landscape. The best of 4G LTE innovation is yet to come.”
The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network covers nearly four out of five people in the U.S. and has more coverage than all other U.S. wireless providers combined. In Tennessee, the company currently offers 4G LTE to more than 86 percent of the population, with coverage in the following markets and many of the surrounding areas:
- Johnson City
- Union City
In real-world, fully loaded network environments, customers using Verizon’s 4G LTE should experience average data rates of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink. For more information and a current list of all Verizon’s 4G LTE markets, visit www.verizonwireless.com/lte.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 94.2 million retail customers, including 88.8 million retail postpaid customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 78,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.